Wahlbangers Drum Circle Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
(based in Los Angeles, CA.) dedicated to
“Banging down walls” of stress, isolation, and stigma
& building bridges to inclusion, acceptance, and contentment
with the therapeutic benefits of group drumming.
One of the many valuable benefits of our drum circles is the opportunity for leadership experience as "spotlight" facilitators are invited from among the participants to lead their peers in rhythm.
The goal is to be inclusive and to make drumming available to those who may not have the opportunity or the enrichment of expressing themselves musically.
When this drum circle started, the young man in the grey t-shirt (who has Autism) was disconnected and not participating...
...during the drum circle Chris engaged him and he not only began playing drums, but smiling and enjoying himself. The staff seemed quite surprised. Afterward, he left the room happily swinging his arms and waving.
Reading scientific research is important, but we are truly inspired when we witness these little miracles first-hand!
~ Judi Wahl
EVERYONE CAN PLAY!
IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE...
INSTILLS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, EQUALITY, AND ACCEPTANCE
BUILDS SELF-ESTEEM & CONFIDENCE
PROMOTES A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT & EMPOWERMENT
IMPROVES COMMUNICATION SKILLS
ENHANCES COGNITIVE SKILLS
SUPPORTS MODELS TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE
CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT OF FRIENDSHIP AND FUN!
POSITIVE INTERACTION FOR FAMILY MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Article / Blog: Drumming Can benefit Autism Spectrum Disorders
Some of the Communities we serve:
Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (formerly The Janet Pomeroy Center)
San Francisco, Ca.
"The mission of Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center is to provide recreational, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence."
Tierra Del Sol Foundation -- Sunland, Ca. Campus
Benefitting individuals with developmental disabilities
ANGELMAN Syndrome Foundation, Inc. -- Los Angeles, Ca.
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. AS is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Characteristics of the disorder include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders.
Individuals with Angelman syndrome will require life-long care.
RANCHO SIMI RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT ~ Alternative Recreation Program
Simi Valley, Ca.
"Specifically designed for individuals with special needs"
Simi Valley High School - Special Education Dept.
New Horizons -- the Achievement Center & the REACH Program -- North Hills, Ca.
Helping Adults with Developmental Disabilities Live Full and Productive Lives.